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SEC. 11.10
SECURITY IN WINDOWS 8
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Many of these mitigations are under the control of compiler and linker flags.
If applications, kernel device drivers, or plug-in libraries read data into executable
memory or include code without /GS and ASLR enabled, the mitigations are not
present and any vulnerabilities in the programs are much easier to exploit. Fortu-
nately, in recent years the risks of not enabling mitigations are becoming widely
understood by software developers, and mitigations are generally enabled.
The final two mitigations on the list are under the control of the user or admin-
istrator of each computer system.
Allowing Windows Update to patch software
and making sure that updated antivirus software is installed on systems are the best
techniques for protecting systems from exploitation. The versions of Windows
used by enterprise customers include features that make it easier for administrators
to ensure that the systems connected to their networks are fully patched and cor-
rectly configured with antivirus software.
11.11 SUMMARY
Kernel mode in Windows is structured in the HAL, the kernel and executive
layers of NTOS, and a large number of device drivers implementing everything
from device services to file systems and networking to graphics.
The HAL hides
certain differences in hardware from the other components.
The kernel layer man-
ages the CPUs to support multithreading and synchronization, and the executive
implements most kernel-mode services.
The executive is based on kernel-mode objects that represent the key executive
data structures, including processes, threads, memory sections, drivers, devices,
and synchronization objects—to mention a few. User processes create objects by
calling system services and get back handle references which can be used in subse-
quent system calls to the executive components. The operating system also creates
objects internally.
The object manager maintains a namespace into which objects
can be inserted for subsequent lookup.
The most important objects in Windows are processes, threads, and sections.
Processes have virtual address spaces and are containers for resources.
Threads are
the unit of execution and are scheduled by the kernel layer using a priority algo-
rithm in which the highest-priority ready thread always runs, preempting lower-pri-
ority threads as necessary.
Sections represent memory objects, like files, that can
be mapped into the address spaces of processes.
EXE and DLL program images
are represented as sections, as is shared memory.
Windows supports demand-paged virtual memory.
The paging algorithm is
based on the working-set concept.
The system maintains several types of page
lists, to optimize the use of memory.
The various page lists are fed by trimming
the working sets using complex formulas that try to reuse physical pages that have
not been referenced in a long time.
The cache manager manages virtual addresses
in the kernel that can be used to map files into memory, dramatically improving


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